Summer's On-the-Water Soundtrack: Discover Boating Names Top Boating Songs

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Discover Boating, the U.S. recreational boating industry's non-proift awareness program, announced today some of the most popular songs about--and best enjoyed while--boating. With warm temperatures and sunshine in abundance, these nautical-themed songs provide a soundtrack to enjoy the remaining summer days on the water with family and friends.

Summer soundtrack for fun on the water with family and friends

It's peak boating season and as America's 66 million boaters take to the water, their soundtrack is what will help create some of their most memorable times on the water. That's why Discover Boating, the recreational boating industry's non-profit awareness program, announced today its picks for top boating songs, as well as the launch of a series of activity-themed playlists on to get boaters rocking whether wakeboarding, cruising, sailing or fishing.

Boating enthusiasts can sample songs and purchase mp3 files for their own on-the-water mixes through the iTunes playlists, as well as suggest songs for future Discover Boating playlists.

"Nothing beats a sunny day out on a boat with good friends and great music - it's what so many of us love about summer," says Carl Blackwell, vice president for Discover Boating. "We identified some of the most popular nautical-themed songs to help illustrate why when combined, boating and music create an unbeatable on-the-water experience."

Discover Boating surveyed a network of boating experts and people who love life on the water to select some of the most popular songs about--and best enjoyed while--boating. Listed in alphabetical order by song title, here are Discover Boating's top boating songs:

  • Boats / Artist: Kenny Chesney
  • Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) / Artist: Looking Glass
  • Come Sail Away / Artist: Styx
  • If I Had a Boat / Artist: Lyle Lovett
  • Into the Mystic / Artist: Van Morrison
  • Proud Mary / Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Redneck Yacht Club / Artist: Craig Morgan
  • (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay / Artist: Otis Redding
  • Son of a Son of a Sailor / Artist: Jimmy Buffett
  • Southern Cross / Artist: Crosby, Stills & Nash

Playlists will be updated frequently on by special guests throughout the boating community. Boating enthusiasts are also encouraged to share their picks for top boating songs online via Discover Boating's Facebook fan page.

For more boating information and on-the-water resources, visit

About Discover Boating
Discover Boating is a national awareness campaign developed by the North American recreational boating industry and managed by the industry's trade group, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Discover Boating programs focus on improving the boating experience and building interest in recreational boating by providing a resource for Americans to explore the benefits, affordability and accessibility of the boating lifestyle. To find out more, visit

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